Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Crooked Numbers

Intentions. The second crime novel by Tim O’Mara to feature Raymond Donne is titled, Crooked Numbers, and I liked this one even more than his debut novel, Sacrifice Fly. I enjoyed the sharp dialogue in this novel, which always seemed to me to capture the way characters such as the ones in this novel would really speak. Donne works as a dean at a middle school. One of his former students was murdered, and when the boy’s mother asks him to try to get the police to take more action to solve the case, he intends to nudge his former NYPD colleagues, but not interfere. For most of the novel, Donne interferes, despite his best intentions. All the characters are well developed in this novel, and the many ways in which Donne interacts with kids, parents, criminals and the police provided me with hours of entertainment. The pacing of this novel was faster than the earlier book. Any reader who likes well-written character-based crime fiction should consider reading this one. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Crooked Numbers from amazon.com.

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